CONTACTING YOUR SPIRIT GUIDE
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. Spirit guides have proven their existence many times through trance mediumship and been photographed when they have materialized at physical séances. You may become aware of the influence of your guides when they draw close during meditation and you may feel tremendously inspired by the beauty and radiance of their personality. They are real beings—advanced souls who have postponed their merger into infinite bliss in order to return to us to teach us spiritual knowledge.
Spiritualists prefer to call them guides rather than angels because their remit is to work with a specific individual or small group of individuals. People who make outlandish claims about the status of their guide are usually lost in an ego-based fantasy. I am reminded of Britain’s most famous spiritualist guide, named Silver Birch, who was the American Indian control of the medium Maurice Barbanell, the editor of Psychic News and a famous journalist in his time (1902–81). The inspiring words, wisdom, and evidence given by Silver Birch have, in my opinion, never been surpassed and was acclaimed by Lord Dowding, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Findlay, and Sir Oliver Lodge, and yet neither Barbanell nor Silver Birch ever made any claim to him being the “highest of the high.”
Silver Birch – the spirit guide talks
Silver Birch told of a hierarchy of spirits working together to enable communication and that he had to “lower” his vibration in order to communicate with the material world. In turn, “the masters” have to lower their vibrations in order to communicate with him. Silver Birch explained that the Indian guide the masters talk to is an “astral shell” through which he communicates to us. In reality, he is not an Indian at all but a being of light speaking to us through the spiritual persona we call Silver Birch.
When a medium claims to be in touch with the archangels or have a guide that is so many hundreds of thousands of years old, for me at least, alarm bells go off. If, in addition, the medium’s channelling fails to inspire, is impossible to verify, or verges on psych-obabble, then I head for the exit. It is not the guide that is important but the words, wisdom, and verifiable information that come through the guide that counts. Therefore, do not be distracted by the form the guide shows you. A tangible form is maintained so that we can distinguish between the many beings of light that communicate with us.
Working with Your Spirit Guide
Much of your inner work will be done with spirits you already know. The spirit of a dead parent or grandparent may be one of your first helpers. Once an internal dialogue is established with these spirits, you will gradually notice that others now draw close to help.
The first guide you are likely to become aware of is called the “gatekeeper,” whose guiding hand has been with you from birth. He or she will also be the guide who will escort you into the next life when it is time to die. The gatekeeper will instruct you and give you insight into your spiritual direction and will help you to awaken your spiritual powers. In addition, guides who have specific tasks to perform will also draw close. Guides may appear who will help you when working with children or young people; others will help you channel healing, use ESP, or be the conduit for physical mediumship, transfiguration, and trance mediumship. The guides will come as they are needed and many of these will have a special remit. For example, if the arts are used in your psychic work you will attract guides to help with psychic portraiture, inspired music, or writing. Often when I am demonstrating to an audience I sense a clown guide working with me, who will seek out amusing stories I can include in my evidence of survival. His role is important, as a sprinkling of humour helps to raise the vibration and energy levels of the audience, which, in turn, fuels my mediumship.
When sitting for spirit you will sense that your guide is with you. He or she will not try to take you over or force any information on you. You will not, for example, be shown how or when you will die or be given distressing information. The guide will work with you at your pace and will neither push you too hard nor give in to demands that you may make. He or she helps to water the inner garden, and when the time is right the flowers will bloom.
Allowing your guides to sprinkle their thoughts across the screen of your awareness prepares you for full mediumship. If one day you are praised you for your spiritual work, you will know it is the spirit guides that do the real work. It is they who establish the inner rapport with, and bring to you and organize, the thousands of spirits who will, during the course of your mediumship, send messages of hope to countless people through you.
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When a spirit guide’s thoughts are superimposed on your own it is know as a light “overshadowing,” or “influence.” You will notice that you are fully conscious and in control and have the option to return to normal consciousness whenever you want to. All mediumship is based upon this blending of thought. Even when you are doing a private reading and chatting to the sitter there is a slight overshadowing as the spirit people pass to you the information for the client.
During meditation or when sitting for spirit you may have a glimpse of someone who was known to you and who loved you, such as a spouse or a parent. These clairvoyant visions may make you feel happy and inspired. Your thoughts are potent forces that will be received by those in the spirit, even if you are not aware that they have “heard” you. Do not bombard your guides with a stream of requests. You may, of course, ask the occasional question, but the answer may not always come immediately. You will get a reply when you are ready to receive it, perhaps during another meditation session or sometime during the next day when you are in a contemplative mood.
Your most important insights will come in the form of a silent influence, as the guides blend with your awareness. They will help you to develop your clairvoyance and also help you to overcome your negative traits, inspire you in times of crisis, help you rid yourself of selfishness, and enable you to become a better person.